Wild Mushroom Forage Guides
“We’ll see what we find and find what we see! With a little luck, perhaps we’ll find Porcini, Hedgehogs, Chanterelles, or Candy Caps…”
Join David Campbell for a gentle walk in the Napa Woods at the height of the mushroom season. He’ll touch on the basics of mushroom hunting, the process of mushroom identification and discuss proper handling and cooking options for any edible specimens you may encounter.
David has been collecting, studying, eating, teaching and writing about wild mushrooms for over 40 years. He served more than a decade on the council for the Mycological Society of San Francisco (MSSF), including two terms as president. Primarily focused on edible and poisonous mushrooms, he leads numerous fungal forays for MSSF and the Sonoma Mycological Association (SOMA). He served as foray leader and event facilitator for several years at author David Arora’s annual mycological field seminars. An expert mycophagist (one who safely eats a wide variety of wild mushrooms) and experienced outdoor group foray leader, David is Foray Director for Wild About Mushrooms Company, guiding organized wild mushroom adventures, locally and afar; and is active with the San Francisco Poison Control Center for mushroom poisoning incident response in the greater Bay Area. He also has his own company, MycoVentures, expanding his horizons to include ever further reaches, including fungal forays to Oregon and the Colorado Rockies, and truffle tours in Italy. Visit his website at: www.mycoventures.com.
Accompanying David on the foray is Mycologist Stephanie Jarvis, a downright mushroom geek who is sure to exhilarate your mushroom hunting experience.
Proprietor of Napa Valley Fungi, Stephanie tests vineyard soils for beneficial fungi (mycorrhizae), consults on truffle orchard projects, and cultivates medicinal and culinary mushrooms using wine industry waste products. She is a certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessor through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). A PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, Stephanie is completing her Masters of Science in Systematic Mycology at San Francisco State University. She spent her undergraduate years at Sonoma State University studying Sudden Oak Death. Check out her website at: www.NapaValleyFungi.webs.com.